dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bittersweet chocolate taste, dark pour, strong alcohol presence, dark chocolate after-taste. one of these will do me.
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now that is a black beer! Had a sample at the North Market, at a seasonal tasting. Pours black as midnight. Very strong malty stout; just what I like. I truly regret not buying some. Not sure why this is considered a "seasonal."
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a blurb about the stout and a best before date on the side of label, Aug/10/06. Made a good appearance, poured an opaque black coffee with a creamy tan head that settled into a bubbly thin lacing, moderate carbonation. Had a good charcoal fruity aroma with whiffs of sweet alcohol and smoke. A smooth, semi-creamy medium bodied mouth feel, almost full-ish, good drinkability. Had a nice dark fruity and burnt chocolate taste, hints of roasted coffee, a mild oily hop presence in the middle and a crisp, bitter finish with a lingering alcohol burn in the palate.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Black pour with an inch of off white head. Aroma is chocolaty with a bit of coffee. Thick, very rich, but a little rough on the finish from the alcohol. Makes me long for another BA version though.
frankenkitty (1982) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with ruby highlights and a creamy, tan head that lasts and laces. Aroma is chocolate cake washed down with a bitter cuppa joe, and we don’t see the ABV until we’re well warmed up. We do, however, find it immediately in the flavor... and rich, sweet malts are not enough to hide it. Additional fruity flavors are surprisingly more citric than "dark fruit", and a silky-smooth, buttery palate lovingly carries this full-bodied brew through to its bittersweet finish. A great beer, well worth $2.99/12 oz.
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lemmingradio (5) - USA - MAR 14, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing. Black like my soul, and tastier than the vaginal flows of 10,000 vegetarian goddesses. It almost absorbs your taste buds just enough so that your instinct is to hurry up and take another sip to get them back. One for breakfast and I’m buzzed through lunch.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(03.05.06) 12 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 9% ABV. Bottled labeled as best before 8/10/06. Batch 2533CE. Ruby black stout with tiny off-white head. Soft carbonation. Nose of chocolate and expresso coffee.. Medium-to-full bodied stout that starts with moderate malt sweetness and dried fruit (prune)/roasted malt/expresso flavors. Smooth, rich, creamy texture. Some sharpness (carbonation?) in mouth. Finishes with lingering bitterness and roasted malt fade. Full of complex flavors. A really outstanding stout.
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 29/09/2005
Black and very strong in alcohol. Some dryness in a slight roast finish.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours looking a little bit thinner than your average imperial stout, but makes up for it looking as good as gold in the glass. Thin sheet head with a frothy thick tan lace. Dark chocolates, coffee, hint of wheat bread, spicey hops, make the flavors. Alcohol content is hidden very well, leaving this beer very well balanced. Palate is surprisingly smooth, for how thin it looks. Strange. Dry finish. A pretty damn good imperial, at a good price. Another impressive beer from the boys and girls at Great Lakes.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown head forms on this black pour, leaving a sticky lace. Wonderful aroma led by coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of spice. Perfect light carbonation compliments the rich, thick mouthfeel. Espresso, chocolate, licorice, and molasses are complimented by some roasted spicy flavors. No one flavor dominates, making for an almost understated, but very balanced brew. The alcohol is never really evident. Dry, bitter, but again, nicely balanced finish. A very drinkable Imperial Stout, and among the better examples.